COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A record 248 athletes have gathered in Colorado Springs to participate in USA Volleyball's national team tryouts Friday through Sunday. Among the athletes trying out will be three Miami RedHawks, junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley, sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle and freshman outside hitter Maris Below.
For Ingle, it is the second straight year she has been invited to tryout, while Riley and Below are trying out for Team USA’s squads for the first time. Live streaming of the tryouts is available beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. (EST) here.
Two separate teams will be selected after analysis by USA National Team officials. The USA Women's National Team is primarily for athletes who have completed their college eligibility and are ready to begin training full-time. However, current college athletes are still eligible to make the squad if they are deemed ready.
The other team to be selected is the USA Collegiate National Team. It has two different options. USA Volleyball will have one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to China June 13-27, 2014, for a series of training sessions and matches in conjunction with a separate team representing an All-Star squad of athletes from the PAC-12.
The second option for the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is training and participation at the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in Minneapolis. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning on June 22, 2014, followed by the competition portion June 26-30. U.S. Collegiate National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is like in college. To make this squad, you have to be 19 years or younger, so only Below is eligible for the GJNC.
Riley started all 28 matches for MU and finished second on the team in kills (283), kills per set (2.50), assists (489), assists per set (4.33) and aces (24). She also finished the year with 221 digs. A strong student, Riley has also landed on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V first team each of the last two seasons.
Ingle was the RedHawks’ top weapon this season, hitting a team-best .344 while pacing the team with 296 kills and 2.62 kills per set. Her 96 total blocks also led the team.
Below had a strong freshman season, appearing in 25 matches while starting 23 as a six-rotation player. She was fourth on the team 213 kills and fourth with 230 digs. She also finished with 41 total blocks and 16 service aces.